Source: Korina Lopez / USA Today
When Chilli met T-Boz in 1991, she was auditioning for the “C” part of TLC. Fast-forward 20-plus years and she’s making her special salad — chopped-up Morning Star veggie burgers, mixed greens, beets and different kinds of roasted nuts — for her friend Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, who is getting over a cold.
Today, the two surviving members have come full circle with the release of TLC’s greatest hits album,20, and the VH1 biopic, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story (premieres Oct. 21, 9 p.m. ET/PT). The single for the soundtrack, Meant to Be, written by Ne-Yo, pays homage to the mantra the trio used to chant before concerts, “TLC! MTB!” The single is also a testament to their friendship, despite the fame, fallouts and the devastating loss of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who was killed in a car accident in 2002.
“It really captures our 20 years together in a nutshell,” says T-Boz, 43. “Meant to Be is that kind of good-feeling song, about how these girls grew over the years.”
TLC’s pioneering blend of rap and R&B hit a sweet spot, with just enough pop to be palatable to mainstream audiences and just enough edge to keep their hip-hop integrity, making them the top-selling female band in U.S. history, second in the world behind the Spice Girls. CrazySexyCool is still the top-selling album by a girl group in the U.S. (sorry, Destiny’s Child). They’ve won four Grammys, had four No. 1 singles and 10 top 10 singles.
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